After the remarkable new schemes for the citizens of Rajasthan, the state government has introduced an all-expense-paid aerial pilgrimage for senior citizens above 70 years, in Jaipur on Tuesday! First in the country, Rajasthan becomes the first state to offer this benefit to the senior citizens.
However, states like MP and Chhattisgarh have been offering all-expense-paid pilgrimage by trains, Rajasthan government has now gone a step further with flying the pilgrims to holy places with its Deendayal Upadhyay Senior Citizens Pilgrimage by Air scheme.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje flagged off the first flight to Tirupati Balaji with 30 pilgrims on board, 28 out of who were flying for the first time, at Jaipur International Airport
Other than Tirupati Balaji, the department will send close to 1000 elderly pilgrims in 26 batches to Rameshwaram, Jagannathpuri. The selection of pilgrims for the scheme is through lottery system.
What is the scheme?
The boarding/lodging and other local travel and ticket expenses of the teerth yatris all will be borne by the government
How are candidates chosen?
A total of 111 senior citizens have been chosen this year to fly to Tirupati Balaji. In fact, the first batch of 30 senior citizens has already flown to the temple city from Jaipur International Airport. The rest will also be flown out in two bathes, following the return of the first batch.
The move will definitely win the Vasundhara Raje government some applause from the senior citizens especially!
“The happiness of senior citizens will add to the happiness index in Rajasthan.”
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